Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Match facts below.

This is a game we need to win (but as I always say, aren’t they all). A victory for us will put us in striking distance of Chelsea’s fourth spot. Then on Monday Chelsea play United. If United should win or the game is a draw, then our next league game is even more importantly; we will face Chelsea the following Saturday. And a win there would mean we will occupy fourth spot. Granted, a lot of “ifs.” But be confident and Come On You Spurs!

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa is likely to keep his place after overcoming the thigh problem that forced him off against Bournemouth. Danny Drinkwater has recovered from the calf injury that caused him to miss that match.

Tottenham defender Ben Davies is back for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in November. Giovani Lo Celso is fit again but Erik Lamela faces a fitness test and Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko remain out.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Tottenham are unbeaten in their past eight league visits to Villa Park, winning the last four in a row. Villa haven’t beaten Spurs at home since January 2008.

Villa’s only win in the last 16 Premier League meetings was 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April 2015.

Aston Villa

Dean Smith’s side have only earned one point against sides currently in the top half of the table, in a 2-2 draw at Manchester United in December.

They are vying to win consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since May 2015.

Aston Villa’s seven Premier League victories this season have come on six different days of the week, with Sunday the exception. They could become just the second team in English top-flight history to win a league game on all seven days of the week within the same season, emulating Spurs in 1986-87.

Villa have faced 441 shots this season, more than any other Premier League side. Their record of 17.6 shots faced per game is their highest in a single campaign in the competition since such records were started in the 2003-04 season.

Their opponents have picked up an unrivalled six red cards in the Premier League this season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham would need to win all of their remaining 13 league matches this season to equal the 23 victories they recorded in 2018-19.

Spurs are unbeaten in 22 Premier League away games against promoted sides since losing 1-0 at QPR in April 2012.

They have won only two of their 12 away games in the top flight this season. They won at least nine away matches in the league in each of the previous seven campaigns.

Tottenham have had fewer shots on target (110) than they have faced (125) in the Premier League this season – the last time they faced more than they had in a single season was in 2003-04.

Spurs could become the first club to concede a penalty in four consecutive Premier League matches since Stoke City from December 2013 to January 2014.

COYS!